ABAG and BayREN: a Regional Model for Energy Efficiency

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Special thanks for to our Summer Intern from UC Riverside, Celine Hoang, for her help in identifying, researching, drafting, and fact checking this story!

Whether it’s offering rebates for energy-efficient upgrades or creating maps that reveal where energy use is highest, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is playing a crucial role in helping cities, counties, and residents in the Bay Area increase energy efficiency and save money. The BayREN program is a whole portfolio of services offered …

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WRCOG Champions A Multi-Pronged Approach To Improve Air Quality

On a freeway in Riverside County

This story is reposted with permission from California Forward, which is committed to advancing policy intersections that create a more inclusive and sustainable California where all people can prosper.  California Forward’s Voices of Shared Prosperity series amplifies the stories of Californians who are committing their time and talent to solutions that embrace equity, environmental sustainability, and …

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SCAG Adopts Broadband Action Plan

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The Southern California Council of Governments is committing to helping its 191 cities and six counties increase broadband access in underserved communities. At SCAG’s February meeting, the board adopted a resolution that will help close the region’s digital divide. The move comes as residents in underserved communities are struggling to participate in the digital landscape …

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CVAG Program Houses Homeless First

A 63-year-old woman who’s lived on the streets for six years battling chronic health issues is connected with a caseworker, a doctor and ultimately finds a home in a senior living apartment. A man who became homeless after a family dispute is connected to social services, reunites with his daughter and finds stable housing. An …

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Ambitious Bike-Ped Network Connects Palm Springs to Coachella

It started with a stagnant trail plan, some creative community leaders, and a six-pack of beer. Today, CV Link – an ambitious, 40-mile active transportation project with pedestrian, biking and golf-cart paths – is helping to put the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) on the map. CVAG’s members include 10 cities, three tribal nations …

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Rural, Electric Car Share? A National first in Miocar

Miocar parks in front of mural in Wasco

Miocar parks in front of mural in Wasco. @miocar_sjv

It is almost too good to be true: a rural, all-electric, affordable car sharing service with charging stations strategically placed near low-income households. That is the idea behind Miocar, a project hatched by mobility researchers at UC Davis and leaders of San Joaquin Valley’s eight Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Launched in 2019, Miocar paused due to Covid-19 …

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CALCOG Maps Broadband Connection Opportunities

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CALCOG has partnered with the Caltrans and the California Emerging Technology Foundation to develop a map of near term transportation projects in rural areas that can help facilitate the extension of broadband to underserved areas.

When Going Human is the Plan

Yellow traffic sign with photo of girl with backpack with phrase: It's not just a sign,. Look for her before you turn."

GoHuman is SCAG’s community outreach campaign to increase safety and encourage people to walk and bike more through education, advocacy, and events that help residents re-imagine their streets to promote safe walking and biking. Update: SCAG just received a grant for another year of funding for this program.

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